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    Default Gas mask at Rainbow stream

    I was wondering if anyone can explain what is up with the gas mask at Rainbow stream lean-to in the 100 mile wilderness? It was hanging in a bag in the shelter. A bit random but pretty funny. There were also 2 crutches on the trail right before Rainbow stream lean-to and one at the shelter. Just wondering if there is a story behind this.

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    IT wasn't there at the end of June.
    Sounds like someone had a very eclectic gear list.

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    There were 5 people at the AT Lodge around the 1st of July carrying lots of Army Surplus. I know that 2 went home at Abol Bridge, but this is something that they would have carried. They each had over 80 lbs after sending home 60 lbs before they started. They were using ammo vests to carry their cheese crackers and each had an army shovel. Maybe those boys left it in the hiker box when they went home and someone picked it up.

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    I was at Rainbow Springs Shelter around July 10th, there wasn't a gas mask or crutches that I saw, there was a huge, heavy, hand ax (aka hatchett) Everyone thought of keeping it, no one wanted to lug it.

    The place was a mess, so two guys from Conneticut and I cleaned it up. Seems people just leave their unwanteds, assuming someone else will police it up.

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    I also found a crutch on a tree just in from Rt. 15 in Monson. I was coming back from a work trip and added it to my supply of trash to be carried out. I suspect that a miracle took place and an injured person has able to walk again after experiencing the wonders of the AT for a half mile. He/she then cast off the crutch and was able to walk on to the big K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    I also found a crutch on a tree just in from Rt. 15 in Monson. I was coming back from a work trip and added it to my supply of trash to be carried out. I suspect that a miracle took place and an injured person has able to walk again after experiencing the wonders of the AT for a half mile. He/she then cast off the crutch and was able to walk on to the big K.

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    There was a crutch there when we came out on July 3rd. After doing the 100 mile it was kind of funny.

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    I've had an episode or two where a gas mask woulda been handy. However, I adjusted my diet and that got better.

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    Some people convert those into smoking apparatuses. I read a book about it one time.

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    they were not there on july 24 of 2008

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    they weren't there on august 10th of 2000

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    Looks like a Russian cilvilian model. Lots of them are being sold at dizzyingly high markups by military surplus joints and "preparedness" shysters on the internets.

    Something like that could help out in a few areas: 1) protection against hiker funk 2) dealing with the consequences of the all-bean hiking diet 3) could be used as blackfly protection (very effective, if very hot). 4) could be used to scare wildlife or 5) could be used to attract police attention in towns.
    But useful against chemical or biological attack? Nah, not so much.

    I wouldn't have put that thing on and breathed through it. Those filters are sketchy at best, even when new and after hanging around in the forest for a while could be full of all manner of germs and/or mold or unknown, unhealthy funks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly_me View Post
    I was wondering if anyone can explain what is up with the gas mask at Rainbow stream lean-to in the 100 mile wilderness? It was hanging in a bag in the shelter. A bit random but pretty funny. There were also 2 crutches on the trail right before Rainbow stream lean-to and one at the shelter. Just wondering if there is a story behind this.
    Shelter flatulence. Need I say more?
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    Fart baseball champions these days just have it easier...its better equipment that wins the game, not actual skill. lol

    Happy hiking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    they weren't there on august 10th of 2000
    Nor October 3, 1991!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly_me View Post
    I was wondering if anyone can explain what is up with the gas mask at Rainbow stream lean-to in the 100 mile wilderness? It was hanging in a bag in the shelter. A bit random but pretty funny. There were also 2 crutches on the trail right before Rainbow stream lean-to and one at the shelter. Just wondering if there is a story behind this.
    I found chem filters for a gasmask in a dead campfire once, someone had been cooking meth in the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    they weren't there on august 10th of 2000
    LOL, 200"0" good one!

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    But useful against chemical or biological attack? Nah, not so much.
    Those filters are sketchy at best
    I agree with you one that comment. When I was in the Army (playing war games not in a war at that time) they issued FAKE filters ... how brilliant was that, lol. Kind of difficult to 'test' gear for the real things when they use faulty masks to begin with and Heaven forbid some happened as no one would have time to dawn the real mccoy

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    sounds like somebody knows quite a bit about cooking meth

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    just got back from abol. found a howletzer and a mac 10 just laying in the trail with boxes of ammo. me and my buddys got evey bit. nice find.
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    years ago in the 100 mile wilderness there was a tree with an electrical outlet in it.

    didnt have my hair dryer to check it out though
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    Quote Originally Posted by mweinstone View Post
    just got back from abol. found a howletzer and a mac 10 just laying in the trail with boxes of ammo. me and my buddys got evey bit. nice find.
    A Howitzer...how did you transport it?

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